05-09-12, 10:31 AM #221
That's not true. Todd Husak, Babe Laufenberg and others in the Gibbs era never realistically had a chance to start. And no one was clamoring for them to do so.
It was fun to watch Babe in preseason bring the team back against scrubs in the fourth quarter but nobody thought the Redskins were going to put him out there against LT and the Giants come the regular season.
In recent seasons it was easy to make an argument over quarterbacks, one because none of the players that were starting were productive and second because the investmens in them was limited.
Yes, Campbell was a first round pick, but one taken at #25 overall. Not a top 10 selection with a big contract and expectations around the NFL for stardom.
Brunell (34) and Grossman (30) were third hand quarterbacks acquired in the secondary market with the realization their time was limited and in the latter case brought in as backups.
05-09-12, 10:38 AM #222
Yes, having a veteran that is already productive and adding a younger passer to develop or trade is the ideal scenario.
But you know what? The Redskins haven't managed their club from 2001-2010 in an ideal manner so there is no established passer with pro bowl experience. There is no luxury of adding in younger players that always have available mentors on the roster.
In the case of Griffin and Cousins the challenge is to come in and learn the playbook and the NFL and make their careers. It's Shanahan's job to help make that happen.
What is Mike supposed to do? Wait 3-4 years for Griffin to develop into a star and then HOPE that a capable backup and potential NFL starter is available and drops in the 2014 draft?
You take the value where you find it
That's the thing about opportunities - you never know when they are going to come up.
05-09-12, 10:52 AM #223
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I would have thought Mike would do what most other coaches do when drafting a top prospect at QB. Bring in an established veteran to back him up and show him the ropes. And we already even had that. Mike didn't need to DO anything. That's why this is such an odd pick.
But if, as you say, Cousins is a BPA pick and we were just so amazed he was still on the board, maybe we shouldn't be noting possible weaknesses in his game as some sort of proof that this pick should be above scrutiny.